GOP Senate Candidate Barletta Says It's Time for Sen. Casey 'To Go Home'

'He’s had his 12 years, and I can’t really think of a lot things that he’s done in those 12 years'

Larry Richert and John Shumway
October 10, 2018 - 10:19 am
Lou Barletta

Lebanon Daily News - USA TODAY

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - November is right around the corner, which means Midterm Elections are almost here.

U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District and Republican Senate candidate, Lou Barletta, joined KDKA Radio on Wednesday to tell listeners why he thinks he is the best candidate in the upcoming senate race.

While you can talk about all of the accomplishments of President Trump since he took office, he can be a very polarizing person. How do you balance that?

“We knew he wasn’t a politician and he wasn’t going to talk like a politician,” Barletta said.

“So what it comes down to, would I rather somebody who talks sweet, or somebody who might talk a little rough but can get the job done? I chose the ladder."

When you were mayor, you were dealt with an immigration issue where illegal immigrants had cost 50% of the budget. You had a rise in population, but no rise in the income through taxation that would go with it. How did you handle this?

“We couldn’t survive. Gangs moved in, our schools and hospitals were impacted. The people here were looking to me to do something,” Barletta explains.

“I was the first mayor in America to stand up and say no more. There’s a right way to come into this country. We are a country of immigrants, we welcome immigrants, we want immigrants, but we want them to come in the way you’re supposed to come in to this country.”

Should there be term limits?

“I think 12 years is enough time. I think people have given him (Bob Casey) a chance to do something. No disrespect to him, he’s had his 12 years, and I can’t really think of a lot things that he’s done in those 12 years,” Barletta added.

“Now he’s sided with a party that no longer represents what we here in Pennsylvania remember as the Democratic Party. The party now that is in Washington, is on the verge of radicalism.”

Did the Republicans do the same thing as what the Democrats are doing right now, in regards to President Obama’s nomination for the Supreme Court, saying they were not going to approve and wait until the election is over?

“I think Joe Biden sort of made that precedent. I’m not going to defend that one way or the other. The display of what they did to this man (Brett Kavanaugh) and Dr. Ford was unfair,” Barletta tells KDKA Radio.  

“She wanted to stay anonymous, she did not want to be on a world stage, and they used it for political points. I don’t think you can compare these two in the same way and the treatment of how we treat people.”

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